People new to my workshops often respond to my request by giving their name followed by "and I'm unemployed." In my workshops, identifying as "unemployed" is not allowed. Why? It's important to remember that unemployed is not who you are, it's a situation you are working through.
The grief process can be brutal, and a lay-off hits hard. Loss of a job. Loss of your work family. Loss of your identity. A job loss and subsequent unemployment can result in the feeling that your entire world has crumbled apart, and that makes it very difficult to believe there is hope for the future.